Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are you living a purpose-full life?

Today I was inspired by Oprah's show with Will Smith. i don't watch Oprah very often but I decided to watch it today because I like Will Smith. Ms. Oprah did a wonderful interview and I really enjoyed the show.
Will Smith talked about living a life that has purpose andthat rang so true for me since I am so committed to living my Soul Purpose. I love my business, I love my company and i like the idea of empowering people to hear their calling and live out their Soul Purpose. Will said unless you are making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. He talked about his purpose of making people's lives better and that was inspiring and refreshing. He continued by saying that "your life will become better by making someone else's life better".
The discussion then progressed to a discussion about loss, what is loss and how do we react to loss in our lives. We often see our life on a continuim or straight line. A straight line beginning with birth, then life, and ends with death. BUT then there is rebirth; and we often miss that. It is really more circular involving birth, life, death and rebirth. This is a natural law, the way nature works. you see it in plants in their seasonal cycle. Someone also pointed out to me a few years ago that if you look at a limb of a tree or plant there is always a scar where there is a new growth. Growth often involves pain and even death. Death of an idea, a vision, a goal, a relationship a thing. But once that loss occurs there is then a rebirth that also is possible and occurs if we open ourselves up to accepting what God (the Universe) has in store for us.
It is neccessary to remember that when you loose something the death is painful but you have to stay awake for the rebirth that God is about to offer you.
Staying awake, being faithful and being open is important for our rebirth and our continued growth.
It is important for me to remember that also I have suffered great losses in my life, it is important to note that in every instance there was a rebirth, a healing, but most important new opportunities that have occured in my life after those losses. But it required alot of strength and courage, faith and openess to his will in order for the rebirth to occur and for me to continue on the journey of God's will in my life.
Much love to you today.
My hope for you is that there is purpose in your life and that you stay open to growth and rebirth.
Nadine

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Birthday!

Today is my birthday and it has been aninteresting day. I was first awakened by my daughter who was the first to wish me a happy birthday. It was awesome! I later spoke wih my parents and my brother and my close friends and that was great too. I remember a few years ago when i was at Warm Spirit i must have rec'd at least a dozen flower arrangements etc, our home was full and I felt appreciated in a grand way. today i received flowers from one of my best friends and my husband and that was enough. Imagine that, it was enough!!!!
The hugs , calls, text messages from my children were enough, enough!!! loved the dinner with my husband, it was perfect.
All of this to say, that I spent the day cleaning my home, fixing up the yard and front porch for christmas. I felt lots of anxiety about the holidays, finances, bills, my new company. but the work to make my home beautiful for my family helped calm my anxieties and fears. By the end of the day, I felt blessed and grateful. Grateful for my friends, my family and most important for a loving family and authentic friends. We all have so much to be grateful for and each birthday gives us the opportunity for another year to have learned and to grow and achieve more wisdom.
I am grateful for another day, another minute, another year of a blessed life. My promise and birthday gift to myself is to continue to live with an attitude of gratitude.
Much love,
Nadine

Sunday, November 23, 2008

an affirmation for Sunday (or anyday)

The simplest and most obvious prayer is a request to God that the adversity end and that one be restored to health. Such prayers often involve "affirmations." There is a considerable psychological literature on the healing power of affirmations, and many cancer patients use them. Here is a beautiful Navajo prayer that uses affirmation:

O you who dwell In the house made of the dawn,
In the house made of the evening twilight . . .
Where the dark mist curtains the doorway,
The path to which is on the rainbow . . .
I have made your sacrifice.
I have prepared a smoke for you.

My feet restore for me.
My limbs restore for me.
My body restore for me.
My mind restore for me.
My voice restore for me.

Today, take away your spell from me.
Away from me you have taken it.
Far Off from me you have taken it.

Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me the spell is taken Off.

Happily I walk.
Impervious to pain, I walk.
Feeling light within, I walk . . .
In beauty I walk.
With beauty before me, I walk.
With beauty behind me, I walk.
With beauty below me, I walk.
With beauty all around me, I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finding your purpose in the midst of stress and chaos

Somedays I wake up and it is hard to find my place or purpose. These are days filled with self doubt and fear and they'renot good days, but the plus is having the faith, strength, courage and belief that God will guide me through it. Everyday, my faith is deepened or better yet my understanding about faith is deepening. Simply, I understand now that these days will occur but if you have faith you believe that you will get through the tought times. Here are a few excerpts of words of encouragement from our Soul Purpose coach April Robinson. She is a glimmer of hope and she is always right on time. I hope you find some encouragement in April's words.

Good evening Nadine
I pray all is well, I know you are busy but you are my sister and i want to make sure all things are well. Just want to send an encouraging to you tonight, "Stay Encourage and Keep your eyes on the prize". I was reflecting on last year around this time and I how God was aligning things up for my life and continues to- only a daily basis. Nadine, I realize more and more, that it essential to trust God's promise in Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of whose who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.". It is a good feeling to know that whatever may come in our way that God causes them to work together for His purpose. Nadine we do not have to overload ourselves with things (especially the ones out of our contol) with worry and stress.
Just wanted to send love and encouragement.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Miriam Makeba

I absolutely adored Miriam Makeba and was saddened to hear that she passed earlier this week. I wanted to share with my community this email that I just sent to Africapop.com to reflect on her value in my life.

Dear Sean,
I am so delighted to read your email, I was so personally saddened to learn of the news of Miriam Makeba's death. I was so touched and sad.
I was born in Trinidad with parents of Grenadian decent. My mother loved Miriam's music and it is probably the only music that I clearly remember from my childhood. Miriam Makeba's music is the music of my soul, its melodies, rhythms and lyrics touch my heart and my soul in a way that no other music ever has. I can still remember that "click-click' song. She is an icon for me, maybe the way African American's may love Billie Holiday, Miriam Makeba was my icon, my vision of beauty. She was a positive beautiful black woman and it made me proud and comforted me to think of her.
I am actually going to go on Amazon and search for those recordings of my childhood today. I believe that my brother gifted me with her book a few years ago. I am committed to finding it and reading it.
Thank you for asking,
Nadine

Afropop Encourages You to Reflect on life & times of Miriam Makeba

As you probably know, Miriam Makeba, one of Africa’s all-time great artists, ambassador for the continent, and pioneering political activist, died on Sunday. There are dozens of career summaries and press reports published (google “Miriam Makeba Dies at 76”). We are asking the SVN community to send in your own reflections or memories of this extraordinary artist. We will publish them later in the week on Afropop.org and send them to the Makeba family. For the story of her life in her own words, I highly recommend her autobiography “Makeba, My Story.” Two of my favorite albums from the latter part of her career are “Sangoma” and “Homeland.”

Sean Barlow, Exec. Producer: “The last time I saw Miriam perform was in Soweto on Easter Monday 2004. I was in South Africa reporting on the tenth anniversary of the end of apartheid and the beginning of the new non-racial democracy spotlighted by the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. The theme of the concert in Soweto that day was “South African Divas” and featured the greats of South African women singers. The crowd was almost entirely black and we felt very much welcomed. I felt so lucky to be there. One by one the ladies took the stage and gave stellar performances—Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dorothy Masuka & Dolly Rathebe, (who along with Miriam were the fabulously successful Skylarks in the 1950’s), the Mahotella Queens, Brenda Fassie (her last performance), Thandiswa, and to cap the evening, Miriam. The audience up front pressing against the fence were mostly teenage girls. Despite their two generation age gap, these girls were transfixed, their faces glowing. To bridge a 50 something age difference is no small feat. I wondered what was going through their heads—enjoyment of the songs, an electric feeling of being close to an icon who meant so much for the anti-apartheid struggle internationally and nationally, a role model of how a woman could rise to the top of her field. Probably all the above. For the girls in Soweto that day and for everyone whose music and life she touched, thank you Mama Africa!! Please add your own reflections: info@afropop.org.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hold another sister's hand.

Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller.

We all travel on personal journeys in search of realizing our visions, pursuing our dreams and defining our purpose. As women these journeys can be overwhelming as we try to juggle the demands of family, children, community and personal care, struggling to achieve balance. What many women have realized globally is that supporting each other and collaborating often makes the challenges a little easier and much more “do-able’. I encourage you today to reach out to another sister in your community, lend a helping hand on her journey, you might be amazed at the blessing it can be in your own life.
Mu Soul Purpose is to help other women along the way on my journey, because I believe that we will all be blessed if we live "right" in our communities.
Much love today,
Nadine

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yes we can, yes we did!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Dear Soul Purpose Community,
We are so blessed to be in the water together and to be blessed to be alive on this day in history. We have made history in electing Barak Obama, what a wonderful time to be alive.
Barak Obama is an example to us all and beacon of light and hope for the future.
I feel hopeful more than ever that we can be and will be successful at Soul Purpose; yes we can!
Much love in celebration,
Nadine

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tell your story, it is God's story

I feel so blessed in my life to be surrounded my supportive friends and family. Today was an extremely busy day for me. I am ashamed to admit that I went to my first doctor's appointment that I have been to in over year. This is terrible self care but there is always hope for improvement. I ended getting a few shots including a flu shot so I am feeling a little under the weather and will make it an early evening to bed.
This morning I woke up to this beautiful email message from my spiritual coach April Robinson. Her words were so wise and most importantly so comforting that I wanted to share it with all of you. The important thing is that we all have a story to tell and God has blessed us all on our journeys.
So with April's permission here it is.
Much love,
Nadine
Good Morning Nadine
I pray all is well. I have been meaning to call you and touch bases, but I know how time does not permit us.

I thought of Job in the Bible, when you first informed the Alpha Team that you was going to start telling your story. But God wanted me tell you that your story is not just any story, but your story is similar to Job story in the Bible. Job was a man of integrity who lost everything, family, finance, and friends. Many chapters show how Job was continually tried to defend what happen to him (his story) to some so-called friends and others. However, at the end Job true story came out -which is in Job 42:12A "So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:" . Nadine, I want to tell you that God wants you to know that your story is His Story. This means that all that has happen to you has given you a new awareness of the wisdom of God's hidden plans, Soul Purpose and much more. So when the world hears your story, they will not just hear but witness how God set you free, released you from "Warm Spirit" and others that kept you captive, they will hear and see how God's restoration of your life is immediate and bountiful, they will hear and see God's hand was and is continually on you. Lastly Nadine, If you look at the beginning of the book of Job- God knew exactly what was going to happen to Job, but God considered Job a person of integrity and character -perfect and unright man- and God said "there is none like him on earth". That Job would pass the test. Nadine God has chosen you to tell HIS story, because no matter what He knew you would come through

Love Ya
April

Monday, October 27, 2008

Essence Summit

This past week has been a tremendous week. I was so honored to be invited to speak at the Women Who Are Shaping the World Summit. It was a tremendous honor and an unforgetable experience for me. Meeting all of the wonderful women who are making a difference was wonderful and inspiring. I was very moved by Robin Roberts and her story about her journey with breast cancer and her recovery. The women in the audience who came forward and testified were awe inspiring. It was a great day!
As far as my speech was concerned it was very cathartic to be able to share about my creation of Warm Spirit, the resulting set backs and the blessing and creation of Soul Purpose. The audience was moved and I was surprised by the fact that no one knew that I was no longer with Warm Spirit. I knew that intellectually but was still shocked by seeing and hearing it from the women. I was proud to share that there is now a Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company and a beautiful line of products that represents the next generation of personal care. I am so proud of Soul Purpose and all of our entrepreneurs, we are all visionaries and I believe we can be successful. I can now look back over the past 18 months and feel nothing but pride and a sense of accomplishment about our growth thus far.
I am so proud to be in the water with all of you and wish you a blessed day.
Much love,
Nadine

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thanksgiving

As many of you may know, I am a Canadian citizen. I grew up in Toronto Canada and it is the place I call home. It is actually where my parents and brother reside. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and I miss home terribly. To celebrate the day, I woke up and decided to be grateful today no matter the events of the day. I cleaned and decorated the house, so it felt like Thanksgiving. I had turkey pot pie for lunch, and for dinner I prepared a spicy mango & BBQ chicken; baked mac and cheese; tomato seasoned rice and a salad crowned with feta cheese, bacon, almonds and cranberries. for desert; Italian wedding cookies and almond cookies. It was wonderful, there were all aspects of my multicultural existence in the meal I prepared. I am grateful to be alive and although my children rolled their eyes at me celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, I enjoyed myself never-the-less. I am committed to being and staying in a state of gratitude.
Soul Purpose is doing very well, there is so much wonderful stuff happening and unfolding and for all of it, I am grateful. The products have turned out beautifully and there are many more to come; our partnership with Youngevity has been a blessing that still has not been fully realized; our partnership opportunities keep growing and unfolding it is so amazing. Most of all we have an extraordinary community of entrepreneurs who have embarked upon and committed themselves to the Soul Purpose business, more than anything else to them I am so grateful because they make it happen and they make it real each and every day.
Soul Purpose is blossoming into a wonderful community of people, partners, products, opportunities and entrepreneurs.
Oh before I forget to mention, I began the day today with a beautiful succulent mango that my friend Cynthia Barnum sent me 2 weeks ago but just fully ripened this morning. Mangoes are my favorite fruit, they are abundant in Trinidad where I was born and they are the fruit of my childhood. Another beautiful aspect of today for which I am extremely grateful.
So happy Canadian Thanksgiving to everyone, it is a great day of gratitude indeed.
Much love,
Nadine

Monday, August 4, 2008

We love Chicago!!!!!

Soul Purpose loves Chicago & Chicago LOVES Soul Purpose!!!!!!!!

We had a beautiful weekend in Chicago, full of celebration, tears of joy, boisterous laughter and great food. The weekend kicked off with a sparkling champagne meet & greet at the beautiful Mi Spa hosted by Peggy Riggins and Dominga Cortez. Thank you to all of the Soul Purpose entrepreneurs and their guests who attended and thank you to our hosts for such a warm and spirited reception. The champagne and food was “off the chain”.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we worked hard and celebrated at the Chicago Black women’s Expo. Soul Purpose entrepreneurs arrived by cars, buses, trains and airplanes from around the country to be together this weekend. We had representation from Miami, Orlando, Indiana, St. Louis, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC, Baltimore and of course Exeter, New Hampshire. The response to the Soul Purpose product line was phenomenal. The lines for our 3 booths literally wrapped around the corner and were 15-20 women deep. Women lined up for our mineral makeup makeovers, loved the colors and quality of the line and the body custards were a huge hit.

I must extend a warm and soul-filled welcome to all of our new entrepreneurs who joined Soul Purpose this weekend, we welcome you with open arms and we are honored to have you on the team. We had a record number of new recruits this weekend and we welcomed our first Native American sister to the Soul Purpose team.

A special thank you to our hosts at the South Loop Hotel and to Susan Taylor from Essence magazine and motivational speaker Mr. Les Brown. We are grateful and delighted for your support of Soul Purpose.

We are “On & Popping!!!” in Chi-Town, I can’t wait to return.
Next stops Boston, New York and Dallas; see you there!

Much love,
Nadine

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Independence!

This weekend and this month we are celebrating INDEPENDENCE at Soul Purpose. This makes me proud because independence whether it be financial or emotional can be truly liberating and empowering. I used a quote in a message from our 32nd president Franklin D Roosevelt.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe that what we are doing at Soul Purpose can really help people in their quest for independence. We have created beautiful products, an empowering business opportunity and a beuatiful and supportive community of entrepreneurs.

We had wonderful celebrations around the country this weekend and we were blessed with many new community members, to God, we give all of the glory. We are blessed!!!

This month I am also celebrating my 100 pound weight loss. I still have another 60 pounds to go but I am grateful for the first 100. I did a new photoshoot a few days ago and have some new photographs. I have to continue my health and wellness regime but getting away from a toxic work environment and toxic relationships has made all of the difference.

I believe that practicing what we preach is important but Soul Purpose has been a remarkable blessing to me and has given me the confidence to be all that I can be. This evening while writing this blog, I received a call from a wonderful woman Marie Freeman from Maryland. She called to say hello and let me know how proud she was and happy for me with my accomplishments and weight loss but she also shared her testimony about her health struggles. Her story is inspiring and I feel so blessed that she reached out to me and so touched and humbled by her story.

I am grateful for my life and blessed to have a soul purpose. Thank you for "being in the water' with me. Welcome to all of our new Lifestyle Entrepreneurs!
Have a tremendous weeked,
Nadine

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The journey continues in Baltimore...

This weekend I am blessed to continue my journey with Team Elite and many others of the Soul Purpose community in Baltimore MD. I am sitting at the back of the room preparing to leave for the airport and felt the need to share my thoughts and overwhelming feelings of gratitude that i feel in this moment. I have been working for the past 10 months on the birthing of Soul Purpose, it has been a tremendous journey and this weekend the work, the sacrifice, the pain and the joy have been affirmed. Antonio Adair one of the speakers today reminded me that the pain was the gift and Dora Chamgers reminded us that we must discipline our disappointment. Those words were affirming because it is in essence the definition of my journey, it has been about discipline, focus, resilience and recognizing the gifts that I have been blessed with.
today being in the midst of 80 plus beautiful women and men who came to learn more about Soul Purpose as well as to embark on this journey together. The testimonies were awesome for example the sisters who drove non-stop from Cincinnatti Ohio to be here, one of them a mother of nine beautiful children. Another sister could not really afford to attend but emptied her bank account to pay the registration fee because she saw it as an investment in herself and her future. The most powerful testimony was that of a sister who traveled with her husband and 3 children, they drove for over 30 hours from Houston Texas to attend the business school. What is most significant thing about this sister's journey is that she is wheelchair bound. I wept and was humbled in her presence; 30 hours in a wheelchair with her entire family!!!!!
The lesson learned is that no distance is too far or journey too long if you are determined to be successful!
This weekend has changed my life and it has re-affirmed my committment to Soul Purpose. These were some of the most admirable, beautiful, committed, lovely and passionate entrepreneurs/people that I have ever met.
Ms. Dora Chambers reminded us of the need for balance in my life and some of the important life lessons for me and my family. Reminding the children that: there is no lack of limitation in your life, you can have what ever you want. It depends upon your hard work and determination.
The Soul Purpose journey has begun and I am honored to be in the water with each and everyone of you. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Much love,
Nadine

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Do you see your beauty?

A gift from Langston Hughes, something to think about as we redefine our notion of what is beautiful!
Much love, you are simply beautiful!
Nadine
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dareSay to me,"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.
Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.

We do what we have to do; so we can do what we want to do!

We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do. What an inspiring quote this is, I heard it when my husband and I were watching The Great Debaters. I thought of all of the struggles and challenges we have gone through as a people, as a gender, as a nation most importantly as individuals. We sometimes forget why we struggle, why we grieve and why we are in so much pain. It is because somewhere deep inside we are simply doing what we have to in order to do what we want to.
This past month has been a trying month for me and for Soul Purpose. Murphy's Law has found a place but despite every challenge we have done extraordinarily well. But as the May end numbers rolled in I was very excited to see the success and accomplishments of the Soul Purpose community. A testimony to perseverance!
I continue to pray for perseverance in order to do the things that I know in my heart that I have to continue to do what needs to be done.
Nadine

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the entire Soul Purpose community! I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Voices of Courage luncheon in New York city last Tuesday to honor some tremendous women who are changing the world and making a difference for women and children around the world. I was moved to tears by the speeches and felt committed more than ever to this global vision of empowerment that we have at Soul Purpose. I am honored to be “in the water” with each and every one of you. I also had the opportunity to meet Kulah Borbor and was able to tell her a little about Soul Purpose. I believe the message and story below speaks for itself.

I also had the opportunity to attend a beautiful Pre-Mother’s Day breakfast in Orlando Florida. I was the keynote speaker at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church - Divine Style with Sophisticated Elegance Fashion Show and Breakfast. It was really a wonderful and beautiful event and I am deeply grateful and honored to have been invited to speak by the church’s First Lady the most divine Sister Anita Barnes. I had a wonderful time and I was thrilled and honored to be able to share the Soul Purpose story not to mention being honored with the Women’s Empowerment Award. I am grateful!

I wish you joy, peace, blessings and quality time today to celebrate the spirit of motherhood.
With much love and respect,
Nadine Abraham Thompson
Founder and CEO Soul Purpose

Dear Nadine,
As we get ready to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, I'd like to tell you about a phenomenal woman–and mother–we honored this week, who has dedicated her life to stopping violence against women and girls. Find out what you can do here. Kulah Borbor works to prevent girls in Liberia from having to experience female genital mutilation (FGM) and the life-long physical and psychological trauma it leads to. Around the world, 6,000 girls undergo this procedure every single day.
Growing up, Kulah, who underwent FGM when she was 14, was told that if she spoke publicly about it she would die. Later, she learned otherwise, and now works for an international organization as a peer educator, teaching women and girls about the risks of this dangerous, and even life-threatening, procedure.
Kulah was also told that only "gronah girls"–prostitutes–went to school. Once again, she's proved them wrong by helping to set up a school and learning, at age 42, to read and write.
You can help ensure that every woman and girl has a bright future.
Urge your senators to support the International Violence Against Women Act, which would make efforts to address gender-based violence a key priority in U.S. foreign assistance programs.
Sign up for e-mail updates on sexual violence and exploitation of refugee women and girls and other critical issues.
Support our lifesaving work by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Sincerely,
Carolyn Makinson Executive Director
P.S. Please share with a friend today.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Praise God for the victory!!!!!!!

Earlier today a dear friend spoke with me about my mood and what I heard was we love you very much we know this is a painful journey but we need you to put all of the negative stuff behind you. Yup, she is absolutely right and tonight my friends is a new day. Warm Spirit is behind me, the past is behind me, I am moving on with faith and courage.
Okay now for the good stuff. Today is a phenomenal day in the history of Soul Purpose, tonight we hit consultant #500. Five hundred converted visionaries in one week, history in the making.
Let me explain the magnitude of what this means, it takes approximately one year for the average company to achieve 500 signed people, we did it 1 week. five hundred consultants and 3000 visionaries. WOW!!!!
Okay, I am happy, I am grateful, I am victorious. We are victorious together and if this is nothing else it is a testimony to what is possible and a reminder of the greatness and empowerment that lives in each of us. more to come i need to get on the call.
I love you all and I am in awe of what is possible.
Yeah!!!!!!!
much love,
Nadine

Sunday, March 30, 2008

This is the time we've been waiting for!

Happy Sunday morning!
There is a lot to be grateful for today as we continue on this journey of Soul Purpose. I am grateful as well for the words of support and encouragement and I am motivated by those who share their eagerness to get started. I am pleased to share that we have indeed begun and we have done so in record time. Our online enrollment is ready to go and we are ready for the conversion of visionaries to full fledged consultants.
What is most phenomenal is that we started working on putting together Soul Purpose in December of 2007 and launched our vision in January of 2008. In 12 weeks we have built a website, developed the product line, crafted a business plan, etc, etc, etc. Twelve weeks and 3000 people who have committed to the vision. We are now ready to launch, to have our visionaries convert to becoming consultants and to begin selling products. This process for a traditional start-up direct sales company usually takes about 18 months. We are starting in record breaking time.
Imagine without collecting a dime from consultants we have gone from a beautiful vision to a full fledged company in 12 weeks. This is nothing short of a blessing and a testimony!

Interestingly enough I also feel personal pressure and anxiety to have started selling yesterday but to do all of this correctly especially with our technology and back office systems we can only move "so" quickly and our manufacturers can only manufacture products and print labels "so" fast.
I agree let's get started and continue to move along as quickly as possible; the time is here and now. Our goal is to have our first grouping of products available at your launch parties on April 12th and new products coming on line every month thereafter. I am pushing and working as hard as I can to do this as quickly as possible but also very mindful that only the best will do and wanting to provide to each of you the best that God has blessed me to offer and the best quality products and systems that you deserve.
My biggest concern and I must admit "fear" is rushing and then putting out products that are not as great as you expected and business systems with glitches. I must also admit that as a black woman I know that I will be harshly judged and criticized if what I produce is shaky and not of the best quality. My fear is that it will be said that I rushed and did a second rate job. I am mindful of my personal integrity and vision and aware that it is important I be respectful of these things as well.
Thank you for your confidence and believe it or not I am encouraged by a bit of impatience and challenged by your feedback to do my best because that is evidence of anticipation of great things to come.
Yes, this is the time to be prayerful for success as entrepreneurs and business people; let's move ahead to the prosperity that we all deserve.
Thank you and much love,
Nadine

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The gift of healing.

Good evening and Happy Easter my friends,

Easter is indeed a time of the celebration of resurrection, re-birth, renewal and The Good News. We have given birth Soul Purpose in this season of rebirth and renewal and the opportunity and potential is limitless. This is indeed Good News.

This has been a good day, my friend Natalie and her family drove up from New York to spend Easter with our family. It was a wonderful weekend and most importantly I felt comfortable enough to rest in her presence and just be myself. I did very little work this weekend but I feel like I had some tremendous breakthroughs. Let me explain, the truth is that ever since my termination from Warm Spirit and I have been very depressed and wrought with grief and anxiety. I have not been sleeping well, my anxiety level is high especially early in the mornings and the pain of the betrayal and racism and sexism has made it impossible to bear. My friends and family have been supportive and have helped me through the pain of loss. God has blessed me with a new vision and a new calling that has been more beautiful than I could possibly imagine; the birth of Soul Purpose has been beautiful beyond words. I am grateful and in awe of God's ability to forgive us and bless us. What fuels my work in the day time is the awareness of this blessing; I work on Soul Purpose with a commitment that is unwavering. The community's response to Soul Purpose has been another miracle and blessing. Twenty-five hundred women and men in 6 weeks is phenomenal and possibly a record for the industry.

Because this blog is about telling the truth; let me continue to do so. I have been so sad about the events that took place at Warm Spirit, the betrayal, the racism, the sexism, the denial and then the lawsuit; I have been in such shock that I have not cried. I have been sad but absolutely very few tears but no crying per say. I felt a shift when I was on the plane on my way to Toronto to see my parents. I sat in my seat and wept. I was so tired and so stressed, that the tears literally flew out of my eyes. I buried my hands in my eyes and wept. I wept again when I was leaving my parents home and I was sitting alone with my dad and he wept as I said good bye. I could not hold back the tears or the emotions. I thought uh-oh here we go, the door has been opened...

My healing had gone to another level.

Yesterday I was listening to the recordings that I did for soul purpose and when I heard my voice speaking with such sweet passion about the Soul Purpose project and brand, I could not hold back the tears. I thought uh-oh!!!!!!

Last night Natalie and I watched "Why Did I Get Married"; and there was the part lifted my story about getting kicked off the plane and the abuse of overweight women and then the joy of empowerment, I wept again. Oh No!!!!!!

Today I emailed my spiritual coach who is so wonderful and insightful and her response to my depression and anxiety made me teary, then I watched Akeelah and the Bee and could not stop crying through the entire movie and I knew it was game over. Then near the end of the movie Lawrence Fishburne who plays her coach in the movie recites the famous Marianne Williamson poem and the tears started seeping out. That poem although I have heard it and read the words so many times; today it hit me in a way and in a place that it has never reached before. When I saw this beautiful young black girl walking towards the stage for the championship spelling bee, proud, confident and full of potential. I thought of the hundreds of women and men whose lives had been touched by my vision at Warm Spirit and the blessing that God has given me to continue my work with Soul Purpose.

The tears me for represents a new place in my healing, I have turned a corner. The devastation is not so great that it will destroy me any longer, I can breathe, I can exhale. I will be okay and to submit to the tears no longer means submitting to the devastation that I felt. I will not be destroyed but I feel strengthened and truth be told there was no way to short circuit this process. I am grateful to my parents, my husband, my family, Natalie, Cheryl, Stacey, Candi, Angelia, Terri, April, LaChrisa, Josi, Lisa and the countless others who held me up in getting to this point. I feel blessed to be able to cry and to know that I will not be annihilated by my experience and my emotions. I have turned another corner towards victory and I am sooooo grateful.

Here is the poem by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Saturday, March 1, 2008

We are the ones we have been waiting for!

I love this prayer and will write more about it over the next few days. but it speaks to me- every line- in quite profound ways. In my earlier post I talk about the need to be joyful and celebrate with my community that is in the water with me and the gifts that I have been given. The blessing of the 1500 visionaries is testimony beyond words. I am grateful! and I am challenged to be a better person and a person worthy of the gifts. I realize and promise to continue to celebrate with those of you in the water with me and most important, I realize that "we are indeed the ones we have been waiting for".
Much love,
Nadine

Let me share the words of this Hopi Indian Prayer with you:
We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.It is time to speak your Truth.Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time!There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
—The Elders Oraibi Arizona Hopi Nation

Counting our blessings

Today I realized something about myself that was quite troubling to acknowledge. This new self awareness is indeed a blessing and an opportunity for personal growth. It is quite simple! For months I have been sad and deeply hurt about the recent events that took place in my life. I was greatly disappointed in the betrayal of friendship and trust, I was deeply hurt and disappointed in the lack of leadership and people's inability to stand up for something that was unfair and unjust. This week I was alarmed and hurt all over again, like the scar had been peeled back and the wound exposed again. A person that I had trusted revealed herself yet again. Her plan was revealed and I was shocked. I was blinded by the hurt and pain and wondered dear God how much more, how much more. How many more snakes in the grass have to be revealed, I just want to put this all behind me. But today after speaking with friends and trying to process my pain, my anger, my disappointment and my sense of betrayal again, I felt sad and sorry for myself. In the midst however in conversation with an empathic soul, a stunning truth was revealed. It was like God found a window of opportunity to say to me, Nadine how much more positive evidence can I give you. I keep showing you the positive and you keep looking back at the negative. I bring you good visionaries and you still look back at the snakes in the grass and give them power over your mood and mind set. It was like a light went off and I said, my God you have given me over 1500 visionaries to build the foundation of Soul Purpose. 1500 visionaries who will be the rocks and the pillars of this new venture. 1500 who understand, who love the vision, who understand empowerment and who want to do the right thing. Then Nadine why do you look back at the handful of people who betrayed you, took advantage of you, used you and spoke ill of you. It is important to move forward; to look forward not look back like Job did but forward in your calling. This for me is a new revelation. I am guilty of looking back. I am guilty of giving power to the people who did not mean me well. I am guilty of not giving honor to the gifts I have been given.
Today I make my vow to try really hard to not look back but to focus on the blessings and gifts that right here in front of me and right here beside me in my calling. I apologize for these moments of weakness and I realize the glory and the gifts I have been given. My eyes have been re-opened and the backward facing blinders have been removed, and for that I am grateful.
The power of the 1500 is bright, powerful, amazing and most important a testimonyto God's Will in my life. To God be the glory!
Much love Nadine

PS
Here are some words that were sent to me today that helped greatly with my healing:
Also, I looked up the verse I referred to when we spoke. I have pasted them below. Lady Nadine, you are the sower. We (Visionaries) are seeds on good ground and we shall bring fourth good fruit. Be blessed and I'll call you next weekend when I am in town.Matthew 13:1-8 (King James Version)
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My Girl...

I am an avid reader of magazines and I must admit a bit of a pack rat when it comes to saving and collecting magazines. What is always amazing to me is that I can pick up an old issue of a magazine and always find something new and relevant. Well, on that note I picked up last summer's issue of Oprah at Home and there was a fabulous article on the last page. It was entitled "My Girl" and it is an article about one of my favorite journalists; Gwen Ifill and a picture her brother Oliver had painted for her. It is beautiful vibrant picture of a young black girl on a bright red canvas. Here is what Gwen said about the picture:

"I call her colored girl. I love black girls. I think that we have such promise. And I think that we must have a certain type of uplift in our spirits because there are so many things out there waiting to beat us down. Every time I look at her, I see something else that is beautiful.  
"She has a series of keys around her neck, with one latch key in her hand, showing that she knows she has responsibilities. The keys suggest self-sufficiency, the ability to control your destiny, and the ability to unlock any door and walk through it.  I love that she is gazing up and not down. She looks like she is in complete control of whatever she's about to do next. I love that her hair does not fit into her little ponytail holders because it reminds me of what so many of us little black girls have gone through, wearing our hair exactly that way. If her hair were perfect then something would be wrong with the picture".  Gwen comments on the fact that the painting brings a sense of cohesiveness to her entire home, a rootedness. She says "It is perfectly in tune with the sense of spirit, welcome, and refuge that I want in my house. The painting is a remainder of the blessings that God brings to our lives everyday."

I immediately related to Gwen Ifill, the art work and most importantly, that young black girl so full of the promise that lies within all of us. I think of myself when I was a young girl; even then I knew I was called to do something, something that involved a tremendous amount of responsibility.  I felt so connected because I think of the many times that I have felt beat down,I think of so many of my black sisters who have been beat down, abused, sold on the slave box, forced out of airline seats, beaten, disempowered, betrayed, oppressed, abandoned, denied our sweat equity, lied to and taken advantage of.
Our hair, although beautiful, is in many instances a source of pain, frustration and low self esteem. So often we have to literally "relax it", hot comb it, process, weave it and flat iron it into submission our the current definition of beautiful. We struggle to make it fit and from early stages it never quite fits into those hair barettes and ponytail holders that were not designed for us in the first place.
I know that little girl and she is alive and well inside my head, inside my heart and inside my soul. She is eager to be responsible and holds the keys and responsibility of her mother, her aunts and her sister friends in her hands.
Let's celebrate these young girls, let's talk to them, let's give them a voice that they are so often denied. Let's talk.
Much love to you,
Nadine

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Your Soul Purpose on Sunday Morning

Happy Sunday Morning!
I woke up this morning to new postings on the blog with some pretty incredible people sharing about their soul purpose. While I know that I may be emotional at this time in my life, I must admit that I was weepy when I read these entries and I felt again the calling that God has on my life. What if we had the voices of 3,000 people sharing their "soul purpose"? Can you imagine the power of those words? Can you imagine the power of that book? Can you IMAGINE????????? My favortie thing to do on Sunday mornings before going to church or doing anything else is to watch my favorite program, "Sunday Morning" on CBS. It keeps me abreast of the world from a cultural, political, spiritual, and sociological perspective. I love it! This morning, I also watched "Meet the Press" and was intrigued by the commentary on the presidential political campaign. A very interesting debate and commentary and race is emerging and I am very eager to see how it plays out. One of the political commentators, Michele Norris, a prominent host on NPR's "All Things Considered," reminded us about a famous quote that "we cannot be shackled by our fears". Interestingly enough, Ms. Norris is an African-american woman and someone I appreciate and admire. Her words were profound for me this morning after the slander thrown my way as I attempt to continue to empower people and especially women who look like me. This morning I pledge that I will not allow anyone's gender, class and influence, but most important, their wealth and litigous behaviour, deter me from continuing with my calling to empower and to help people find their voice, their calling, their Soul Purpose. I will not allow myself to be shackled by their fear of what I can accomplish - of what "WE" can can accomplish. I wish you all a blessed day today, one filled with joy, laughter and peace. And remember: Do not be shackled by your fears or anyone else's, go ahead and "DO YOU".
Much love,
Nadine